Posted tagged ‘smartphone’

The Votes are in on HTML5 and Mobile: LinkedIn, Yea; Facebook, Nay

November 4, 2012


No doubt that you’ve heard Mark Zuckerberg’s mea culpa regarding the use of HTML5 for their mobile platform.  He felt that they put too much of their strategy behind HTML5 and that they couldn’t get the performance that they could get from native apps on iOS and Android.  He even went so far as to cite it as “one of the biggest mistakes, if not the biggest mistake” that Facebook has ever made.  From a technical perspective, here is a link to a good article about the technology challenges encountered by Facebook along with comments from other technologists outside of Facebook.

On the other hand, LinkedIn’s iPad application claims to be 95% HTML5, and it is quite impressive.  The application is quite responsive.  The updates area appears as headlines a la Flipboard which gives your connections a bit of star quality.

How can two similar products (social networks) utilize the same technology and come up with different conclusions?
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Voice-Enabled Interactions for Mobile

September 4, 2012

While watching television recently I came across two favorite programs from my youth.  One was the cartoon The Jetsons.  I really enjoyed the space-age technology and futuristic designs.  The other was Star Trek (the original series).  The idea of travelling around at warp speed and ‘beaming’ from one point to another was always fascinating to me.  I realized that these advanced civilizations had at least one thing in common: they talked to their computers.  No bulky keyboards, no awkward mice, no fancy trackballs, just good old-fashioned speech.  And their computers not only listened, but they talked back, usually with good results.

Using speech to interact with your computer hasn’t really caught on.  Other than converting speech to text, there are not too many business applications where you talk to your PC.  With mobile technology, many of us have voice-dialed a name in our address book but not much else.  And then Siri comes along.

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Mobile Virtualization: Hypervisors Go Small

April 4, 2012

smartphone hypervisor
Virtualization is a major industry trend. Server virtualization is especially popular in many corporate data centers. Veeam Software publishes a V-index which monitors server virtualization in the enterprise and their 2011 third quarter report showed that over one-third (38.9%) of all enterprise servers were virtual. While desktop virtualization is not as popular, surveys indicate that almost ¾ of organizations are evaluating or using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. These products use hypervisors, which are software programs that manage multiple instances of the same operating system on one computer.

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Is Mobility Immature?

March 4, 2012

I often hear people describe the mobile computing industry as ‘immature’.  For some reason, this really irks me.  Cell Phones and PDAs have been popular since the 90’s and smartphones started gaining momentum in the early 2000’s.  Now, of the 7 billion people in the world, nearly 6 billion of them have a cellular subscription (Source: ITU).

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What’s in Store for Mobility in 2012?

January 4, 2012

2012

There was no shortage of action in the mobile industry in 2011.  So what will 2012 bring?  There are plenty of 2012 doomsday prophecies, so you’d better go out and get that smartphone or tablet that you’ve been drooling over early in the year so that you can at least have some fun before the end is here.  Now, on to happier topics. (more…)

Mobile Application Management: Is There a New Sheriff in Town?

December 4, 2011

Mobile Application Managment
Mobile device management (MDM) is a hot area with enterprises today.  Gone are the days of IT dictating the devices, or even the operating systems.  The complexity of managing multiple mobile platforms has brought this cottage industry into the mainstream.  For proof, look no further than the dozens of MDM product offerings.  As the name implies, these products focus on managing (and securing) mobile devices.

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Mobile Device Emulators and Simulators

October 4, 2011
 Android Emulator

When developing code for mobile devices, it’s always good to test it out on the targeted device(s).  However, it’s not always convenient or cost-effective to have access to the real thing.  That’s where mobile device emulators and simulators come into play.

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